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Men Caused $5,000 in Damage to Elevator and Had to Be Rescued, Police Say

by on November 14, 2017 4:07 PM

Three men are facing felony and misdemeanor charges after police say they caused more than $5,000 in damage to a Penn State residence hall elevator.

According to a criminal complaint, Penn State Police were dispatched at 11:40 p.m. on Friday to Packer Hall for a report of people stuck in an elevator. Maintenance technicians were called and "after much effort" were able to open the doors. The three individuals inside then were able to climb out safely.

Police said a review of video camera footage from inside the elevator showed the three men inside each intentionally kicked the elevator doors to a degree that the doors were damaged and knocked off their tracks and the elevator became inoperable.

The three individuals -- Peter J. Innis, 19; Matthew W. Dichiara, 18 and Frank A. Quatrone Jr., 18, all of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.  -- were detained and police said each had odor of alcoholic beverage about them. The elevator was out of use until it could be repaired, according to the complaint.

Each was charged with third-degree felony criminal mischief, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a summary offense of consumption of alcohol by a minor. Dichiara and Quatrone received summary counts of carrying false identification.

All three were arraigned on Saturday by District Judge Carmine Prestia and released on unsecured bail. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Wednesday.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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